The top 30 deadpool in Toronto from 2014
As the year comes to a close, it's time to bid a fond (in most cases) farewell to some of the businesses that shut their doors in Toronto this year. Rising rents and tough times claimed numerous Toronto businesses this year; some had been open for decades, while others were just starting to find their feet.
Here's a roundup of some of the notable Toronto businesses that closed in 2014.
For years, gothic and industrial types descended to this basement club, located at the northern edge of Kensington Market, for dancing, live tunes and karaoke. Neutral shut down in January after the owners announced the business was no longer sustainable.
Shortly after its debut in 2012, this West Queen West restaurant earned raves from food critics for its health-focused ingredients and techniques - but the appetite waned for their fanciful dishes, and the owners pulled the plug in October.
After 31 years in Yorkville, this food-focused independent bookseller closed, due to become part of One Yorkville's redevelopment into condos. Luckily for Torontonian gourmands, the final chapter has yet to be written as the Cookbook Store lives on in a corner of All The Best Fine Foods.
All of the local shoe chain's locations - including spots on the Danforth and Queen West, in Little Italy, and at Yonge and Eglinton - abruptly closed their doors in April of this year.
This three-year-old restaurant and bar toyed with a la carte and tasting menus to great acclaim on Lower Ossington before shutting down over the summer.
The decade-old retro lounge on College St., a longtime home for queer dance parties like Cherry Bomb, shut down over the summer; though the owners hinted at a possible second life for the club, there's been no visible movement since.
The Bickford Flexitarian
With the aim of accommodating vegetarians and meat eaters alike, it's a wonder that this Christie Pits-area spot with mass appeal didn't survive - but the Flexitarian closed its doors at the beginning of the summer.
Greektown institution, Zorba's called it quits this summer after 23 years at Danforth and Pape. Taking over the space, The Court Jester is moving in and dividing the space into a pub and a deli.
Lasting just under two years, this rustic Italian eatery focused on casual comfort foods closed its doors in Chinatown in July.
The long-running bookstore focused on the dramatic arts launched in 1975, and folded just two years after a big move to King and Spadina.
While their reverential but refined take on British cuisine proved a hit with diners and critics alike, this innovative restaurant closed for business after almost three years in November.
Little Bean N Green
The "infant-friendly" cafe, which catered to Leslieville families with a play area and an in-house babysitting service, went under in October (much to the chagrin of local parents).
The Pie Shack
The location on Annette shuttered in April leaving but an empty shell in its prime corner lot.
Big Daddy's DVD Shop
The Junction DVD shop was a favourite for its well-edited selection of film-buff classics, as well as its quirky vibe (thanks to a liberal smattering of robot statuettes and film projectors).
With Brockton Village booming in recent years, it's a shame this seasonally-driven eatery that opened in 2011 couldn't hang on just a little longer to see the neighbourhood's dining landscape mature.
Cake Opera Co.
The retail outlet for fanciful cakes and confections closed this year, and while sadly the bakeshop is no longer accepting orders, it's likely not the last we've heard of now-renowned owner and cake artist Alexandria Pellegrino, who's now taken her skill-set on the road.
Opened in 2010, this pioneer of Dundas West's thriving dining scene earned much acclaim for its ever evolving menus though sadly it served its last supper in March of this year.
The longstanding Yorkville restaurant closed its door this year only to reopen as Montage, a multi-story establishment featuring rooftop patio, member's only green room and first floor dining room.
Swish By Han
This Wellington restaurant from owners Leemo and Leeto Han is now closed, though the creative mashup up of Korean-American bar foods can still be found on Ossington at Oddseoul and upcoming venture, Han Moto opening in the new year.
Aria Entertainment Complex
The massive Entertainment District mega-club (which really, really wanted you to think it was four separate clubs) lasted just over a year before closing over the summer.
Which businesses will you miss the most? Add your condolences to the comments.
Writing by Liora Ipsum and Natalia Manzocco. Photo of Remy's rooftop patio.
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